Poetry Friday: “Karner Blue”

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This little guy (or girl?) was following my wife and me as we walked home from downtown earlier this week. We could tell it was a Karner Blue butterfly (the official state butterfly of New Hampshire, which is actually a thing) by its color and minuscule size…and it seemed to have an affinity for my wife’s sneakers!

We can only assume it must have thought her footwear was a flower!

For today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup, head on over to Michelle Kogan’s little corner of the web, where she is spotlighting U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith!


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12 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Karner Blue”

  1. lindabaie

    Beautiful, Matt, that ‘periwinkle petal’. I’ve seen a few painted ladies (finally), but have been unable to catch a picture. This special one would ‘flutter’ for your poem just for her!


  2. That’s a precious image, lovely and sensitive poem Matt. It sure looks like a Karner Blue to me. I’ve painted them many times, and unfortunately they are endangered–mostly due to habitat loss. Your state along with a few others is working to change this–I hope we don’t loose them. Thanks for shedding some light on them!


    1. Thank you, Michelle, and yes, they are a protected species here because they are endangered. I’m thinking this little guy was a male because of the coloration of his wings – females upper wings tend to be darker – but I’m not an expert.

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  3. I am just finishing up a quilt of a flower garden. I contemplated putting butterflied in it, but in the end felt that I couldn’t do justice to it. Your gorgeous poem and gorgeous butterfly remind me of that, as well as confirming that I made the right choice.


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